We had to leave the Grand Teton area rather quickly due to upcoming weather. Our plans included heading to Glacier National Park, however since some of the roads are still closed due to snow we decided to wait and go there another time. We are now heading west! Towards the ocean! Our new plan is to go up the coast of Oregon and Washington.
After leaving the Grand Teton area we drove across Idaho and ended up having our first overnight at the Cracker Barrel in Boise, ID. Or as we now call it, “Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.” The staff was really nice and we enjoyed our stay!
It is actually a week of “firsts”…first Harvest Host visit, first parking lot dry camping/Cracker Barrel, first time to camp in Idaho, and it will be our first time to camp in Oregon tonight. Oh, and our first time to stay at a Thousand Trails location!
The other day we left the beautiful Grand Teton area to head towards Idaho to have an inverter installed and get some other things done to be able to upgrade our solar. Then the plan was to go back to the Grand Teton area. Long story short, “everything takes longer than expected!” The first night was supposed to take one hour, six hours later at 10:40 P.M. after a fuse blew, we all called it a night! Now the quick one night side trip has turned into three nights (perhaps longer?!). We are creating a “silver lining” to this adventure and getting our SUV an oil change, rotating tires, etc.
We also found this gem of a campground! Lakeside with water, electric, and excellent cell reception for $15 a night!
This is one of best boondocking sites in the United States! The views are totally amazing!! Add to that meeting up with some fun friends we had met in Moab and many new friends and it all equals an incredible experience! Not to mention this camping area is right next to Grand Teton National Park with scenic wonders and wildlife that go on for miles and miles!! You can even use this site as a base camp to explore Yellowstone and the Jackson Hole area! Life is good!!
Oh, and this happened…
If you plan to boondock in this area, here are some things we found helpful…
Signal Mountain Campground inside of Grand Teton National Park has a dump station, water, public showers, recycle bins, and laundry. The shower rooms are clean and have some of the best water pressure we have experienced in months!
There are water filling stations throughout the park, look for the moose sign. At these you can refill water bottles and containers. The water filling station we went to was at the gas station/store on the way to Colter Bay.
We had a yummy breakfast at Buffalo Valley Cafe in Moran, which is probably the closest place to have breakfast in the area. Every morning about 7:30 (time may change depending on season) they let about 70 horses out…amazing to watch! Plus, if you drive further down Buffalo Valley Road you will find some amazing photo opportunities and even another place to dry camp.
The pizza is surprisingly good at Leek’s Pizza inside of Grand Teton National Park. It is located near Leek’s Marina, so you can eat outside and have a water and mountain view! Go around dusk, see wild life and eat pizza (they even have gluten-free)! They do also have salads, sandwiches, beer, wine, and ice cream.
There are many wonderful hikes around the camping area and in the park. We especially enjoyed hiking around Jenny Lake!
Be sure and enjoy the sunsets and fire rings at Upper Teton View!
We enjoyed our time there so much we are heading back in a couple days!!
Again, our plans changed…as we say, “serendipity happens!” We ended up getting this sweet little spot by the Yampa River right behind it. It is lovely to sleep to the sounds of a rushing river! This will be our base camp as we explore the Steamboat Springs area. We already explored some amazing Italian food last night! We had the best meal we have had since arriving in Colorado at Mazzola’s Italian Diner! Actually, it was some of the best Italian food I have ever had, ranks up there with NYC and Italy!
This Week’s Travels ~ April 24th to 29th